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The Packers needed more plays like this from their rookie defensive lineman
The Green Bay Packers began the season with 10 rookies on the 53-man roster. That’s a pretty high number – especially for a team than won 15 games the previous year. But GM Ted Thompson didn’t hang on to all those rookies to save money or to make himself look good. He kept them because they could play. In fact, seven have played significant roles in the team’s march to its second straight NFC North title.
I’ll be ranking the rookies – from least productive to most productive – over the next couple of weeks. Here’s #6:
Story of 2012: Second-round draft pick Jerel Worthy wasn’t terrible, but he was easily the biggest disappointment among all the rookies. Coordinator Dom Capers gave the former Michigan State star every opportunity to make an impact, but his positive plays were few and far between. Worthy has better size and strength than fellow first-year defensive lineman Mike Daniels, but his technique isn’t as good as he doesn’t play as consistently hard. The 22-year-old quickly learned that the NFL isn’t the Big 10.
What to expect in 2013: A torn ACL suffered in week 17 could sideline Worthy for all of next season. At best, he’ll return around Halloween after spending September and October on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Packers will prepare to play without Worthy and anything they get from him in 2013 would be a bonus. This injury will not only affect the team come the fall, but it will also affect the team this spring. Look for general manager Ted Thompson to select another defensive end fairly high in the draft.
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The Green Bay Packers never stood a chance in signing free agent Greg Jennings and already told the seven-year veteran that they wouldn’t be among the teams pursuing him. Jordy Nelson, James Jones and the emergence of Randall Cobb have the Packers set for 2013, but why didn’t they at least shop Greg Jennings before the NFL trade deadline or at the start of the season?
1) Introduction: Packers safety M.D. Jennings entered 2012 trying to crack the roster at safety after playing primarily on special teams in his rookie season of 2011. With Charles Woodson moving from cornerback to safety and with the team having drafted rookie Jerron McMillian in April’s draft, Jennings faced some stiff competition for reps at safety. Because...
Packers G/T T.J. Lang
1) Introduction: Armed with a new four-year contract, T.J. Lang was excellent early in the season. Then he tore a ligament in his elbow in game five and regressed a little bit. Having to fill in at right tackle didn’t help matters, either. Overall, though, Lang had a good season and he’s another player the Packers don’t have to worry about when it comes...
1) Introduction: Packers S Charles Woodson was moved to safety in the team’s base 3-4 defense. A broken collarbone injury at St. Louis on October 21st forced Woodson to miss the rest of the regular season. He did not return until the Packers’ Wild Card matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
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Young Brandon Bostick could be part of a two-headed monster at tight end in 2013
If the Green Bay Packers decide to part ways with tight end Jermichael Finley, the assumption is that GM Ted Thompson would either sign a replacement in free agency or draft one in April. But I’m not so sure about that. I think Finley’s successor, or should I say successors, might already be on the...
Looking towards the 2013 NFL Draft…
The latest “All Packers Talk” podcast gets the Packers’ Draft season underway with a general discussion of positional needs.
In tonight’s edition, we “start the conversation.”
We plan on doing a series of these podcasts, looking closely at this Packers team, position group by position group, and analyzing where improvements are needed...
Despite flourishing in 2012, the Green Bay Packers are considering releasing inside linebacker A.J. Hawk to save $5.45 million in cap space. Green Bay, who went 11-5 and won the AFC North, reportedly has little chance to retain both the … Continue reading →
GREEN BAY, Wis. With Greg Jennings one month away from hitting unrestricted free agency, the market for the 29-year-old wide receiver will be heating up soon.
The closest comparison to help determine Jennings' value is wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who signed a five-year, 55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last offseason. Jackson was 29 at the time and had similar...
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that the Packers could end up tripling their cap space in the next few weeks as GM Ted Thompson decides what to do with some of their veteran players.
Dougherty writes that there’s actually a chance that the Packers may elect to part ways with S Charles Woodson, which in turn would create $10 million cap space. On top of that...
Today is the 15th day of FOX Sports Wisconsin Packers writer Paul Imig's offseason evaluations of every player on Green Bay's roster. Click here for all of Paul's previous evaluations and come back every day through mid-March for Paul's in-depth film and statistical analysis. Coming up soon:
Today: RB Ryan Grant
Tuesday, Feb. 12: RB Alex Green
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Ted Thompson's track record drafting running backs has been underwhelming. With the backfield in flux behind DuJuan Harris, a three-down back who excels in pass protection and receiving would be a major asset.
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Michigan basketball’s team motto this season has been “WE ON.” The motto is featured on their shirts for warm ups and it stands for “When Everyone Operates N’sync.”According to Big Ten Network, there is also a secondary meaning to the motto:The “WE” is an acronym for “Wolverine Excellence,” which the program strives for, and the “ON” originates from a routine...